Another reason to love what you see in the mirror
Over the years, women have struggled with body image—constantly trying to achieve the ideal shape that’s in vogue in that moment. But what women don’t realize is how fickle society is. What was considered beautiful in the 1960s was not ideal in the 1920s, and visa-versa. In fact, depending on the era, women were either trying to lose weight, gain curves or appear fitter. We bring this up to remind you that while you should strive to be healthy, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have the current popular body shape. Who knows, wait a few years and you might!
- The Renaissance: Full-figured women were the epitome of beauty during this era. The ideal body shape was curvy and voluptuous, as seen in the paintings and art from this time period.
- The Roaring 20s: Curves became a thing of the past, and in order to show that women were equal to men during this time, a boyish body type was the ideal look. In fact, it’s been reported that some women even used to bind down their chests in order to achieve this look.
- The Fifties: Behold, the era of movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly. Curvy, hourglass figures were all the rage during this time period, and women during the 1950s embraced the natural female body more than any other era.
- The Sixties: Thanks to ultra-thin models like Twiggy, what was considered the ideal body shape took a major turn during this time period. Curves were out and slenderness became the most important indicator of physical attractiveness.
- The Eighties: The aerobics exercise craze took over the nation during the 1980s. Women were expected to look fit – but not too muscular – all while maintaining a certain weight. Think Jane Fonda and Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell.
- The Nineties: Once again, the ideal body shape changed, and – thanks to models like Kate Moss – ultra-thin was the new fit.
- Today: A new Kate has hit the spotlight and she brought with her curves! Thanks to models like Kate Upton and fashion icons like the Kardashians, ultra-thin is out and curves are back in.
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